"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Book Challenge

For our 2012 Challenge, The Brambler and I decided to do categories instead of challenges by month. It frees us up to challenge ourselves in various categories, but not be forced to fit certain things within a month. Here are the categories:

1. 10 Children's books
2. 10 Juvenile Fiction books
3. 10 Young Adult books
4. 10 Nonfiction books
5. 10 Classics
6. 10 Church books
7. 10 General Fiction published no earlier than 2000
8. 10 Books from your to-read list on Goodreads (if you are a member) that were added prior to 2012
9. 10 "Choose Your Own Category" books
10. 10 Other

With the "choose your own category," it's a category of your choice. The "Other" category is for books that don't fit into any of the other categories. Or if you've filled the other categories, I suppose you could dump surplus there. Basically anything could go into "Other." We decided that the first 10 books in each category will be 10 points. Any successive will be 5 points. Except for the picture books (which I believe go in the "Children's category). I believe they will still only count as .1 point. And that for books to reach 5 or 10 points, they must have at least 80 pages.

For my "Choose Your Own" category, I'm going to "honor" the 100th anniversary of the Titanic and read Titanic books--fiction and nonfiction. And with the classics, I'm considering the Dickens challenge that I read about on Old-Fashioned Charm. Three levels. Read or re-read 3, 5, or 10 books. Being in love with some great Dickens film adaptations, I look forward to reading the original works to not only compare but have one more reason to watch them. (Like I needed that!) So I'm going to try for 5 Dickens.

Should be fun! Happy Reading to you all in 2012!

1 comment:

Sara Lyn said...

Good luck with Dickens!!! That will take some major reading! Tell me which ones are best. :)